From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age? #544505-01731

Submission Number:
544505-01731
Commenter:
 Penningroth
State:
Missouri
Initiative Name:
From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
Regarding your consideration of the Reinvention of Journalism that outlines a series of taxes on the use of the internet to access information that would stifle free speech and silence conservatives. The fact that print and television media have to compete with Online media, like "The Drudge Report" or with radio personalities like "Rush Limbaugh/Glenn Beck/Shaun Hannity,is not a reason to start taxing the use of radio, cellphones or handheld devices to access that media. I also don't want to see this administration use taxpayer dollars to give/create jobs for anyone. The government needs to understand that they cannot create sustainable jobs. That is the responsibility of the private sector. And if the current media fails because the citizens of this country choose to get their information from an alternate source then so be it. It is NOT the governments job to take tax money from us and give it to the Ted Turners of this world. If they have something to complain about it is their own fault for failing to give us fair and balanced news we want and deserve. The FTC should consider this as a major threat to the First Amendment by prohibiting the free exercise of or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press. It is your duty to tell this and any future administration that the peoples rights will not be taken from them; just because they don't like what they are hearing from news agencies that don't agree with them. Thank you